A history of the creation & destruction of nude artworks, including social media censorship

The first images of humans, created about 35,000 years ago, were carved in the nude. We may be unable to understand why they were made, but the exaggerated features of the female body imply the statuettes…


the Eternal City used as construction material

Most of the treasures of Antiquity can only be left to the imagination: destroyed by intolerance and greed, by accident, or by time itself, they only are fragments of stone or words. Of the list of the Seven Wonders, the only one still standing, the Great Pyramids of Egypt, only…


The travails of two mummies of Pharaohs

The sight of pyramids, tombs and mummies misleads us into thinking that the ancient Egyptians had a morbid fascination with death. The reality is quite the opposite; they loved life and strived to keep on living eternally. It all started six millennia ago, when burying the dead in the dry…


Sixteenth century condemnations of the Sistine Chapel paintings

Long before Michelangelo painted the Sistine Chapel, about 35,000 years ago the first images of human beings were carved in the nude. Today, 11 billion miles away in the immensity of space, Pioneer 10 spacecraft travels the universe carrying a plaque illustrating what humans look like : one naked man…


Abandoned, destroyed & forgotten

Painting was only one of the many facets of Leonardo da Vinci’s genius. His ability to draw earned him, as a teenager, a place in a master’s workshop, then the only way to learn artistic skills. …

Guillaume Deprez

Art Historian author of a book about the destruction of cultural heritage by intolerance and greed, Lost Treasures https://lost-treasures-intolerance-greed.com/

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